Food & Beverage Industry

Activated carbons are used widely in the manufacture of food and drink products.

If you consider a humble can of fizzy soft drink, then there is a chance that activated carbon was used in several stages of its production:

– Purification of the raw materials, such as sugar, phosphoric acid and the CO2 gas
– Dechlorination of ‘town water’ in the production of the beverage blend itself
– Purification of water used for the washing of bottles/cans
– VOC abatement in the printing of metal cans

A summary of common carbon applications in the food and beverage industry is shown below:
– Decolourisation and purification of wines and other alcoholic beverages, in vineyards, breweries and distilleries
– Production of sweeteners, including cane sugar and glucose syrups, for the removal of colour, taste and odour
– Edible oil purification, including olive oil, fish oil and various vegetable oils
– The purification of carbon dioxide produced in brewery/fermentation processes
– Process water purification
– E153 food colorant
– Chemical purification, for food-grade acids and other raw materials
– Odour control systems in abattoirs and food processors
– VOC abatement in printing facilities

CPL Activated Carbons can supply several grades of carbon for the food and beverage sector.
CPL Activated Carbons can supply several grades of carbon for the food and beverage sector, with a number of our products having the required Food Chemicals Codex accreditation. Different forms of carbon – PAC, GAC, pellets – are available, depending on the customer’s exact process, and our team of experts can help advise on the optimum solution for each application.Spent granular and extruded carbons from these food-grade processes can be reactivated at our regeneration facility in the UK, where we have a unit that is dedicated to handling ‘green list’ spent adsorbents from the food and drinking water industries.


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